Meet the Board
The Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen advisory board, serving three-year terms. The composition of the Board is:
- Four members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council
- Four members appointed by City Council
- One member appointed from the Get Engaged Program
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Andréa Akita has more than 20 years of experience working with organizations to develop affordable housing and increase access to human services. She currently is a consultant, working on equitable, community development initiatives in Seattle.
Andréa has a background working within the nonprofit and public sector, where she has served as the Executive Director of Interim CDA and as planning manager with Seattle Human Services Department. Andréa holds dual Masters degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Public Administration and a degree in culinary arts. Andréa looks forward to contributing her skills with policy and programs, and her experience in housing and healthy communities to the work of the Board of Parks Commissioners.
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Marty Bluewater served as the Executive Director of United Indians of All Tribes Foundation; in this capacity he directed and managed the economic, cultural and educational programs for the organization. He has a background managing the budgets for both Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Woodland Park Zoo.
Mr. Bluewater is a long-time resident of Seattle and an engaged member of the community. He offers a unique perspective and will be a great addition to the Board of Park Commissioners.
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Tom Byers is founder of the Cedar Rivers Group, an organization that collaborates with non-profits and government agencies to create solutions to some of our communities' most difficult issues.
Tom has a background working in the public sector as Deputy Mayor under Mayor Schell; helping to create and implement ballot initiatives that brought much needed funding to Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Public Library and the redevelopment of the Seattle Center. Prior to that Tom had served as Deputy Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation where he helped develop the first comprehensive parks plan in more than 30 years. Throughout his life, Tom has dedicated himself to working for change through creative partnerships between non-profit organizations and government agencies. The majority of this work takes place in the areas of environmentalism, public health and equity.
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Dennis A. Cook, a Seattle native, worked for Seattle Parks and Recreation for 37 years. Dennis managed the Joint Use Agreement between Seattle Parks and Seattle School District, along with managing the Athletic Field Scheduling Office and youth and adult athletics programs. Dennis is known for 'finding common ground' through building successful collaborations and partnerships that lead toward creating strong, positive, engaged communities. Dennis worked with non-profits, private and public schools, universities, athletic organizations, and professional athletic teams', to foster successful partnerships and joint ventures. This resulted in improving access and opportunity for both traditional and emerging sports.
Dennis is involved in many local and national youth programs such as, the Hershey Youth Track and Field Games and the Catholic Youth Organization.
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Marlon is the latest appointee to the Board of Park Commissioners through the City's Get Engaged program. He has a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies from Seattle University, where he focused on the intersection of public policy, urban design, and equity. Now, Marlon is working towards his Master of Public Administration and Master of Urban Planning at UW. Growing up in the Puget Sound region, public spaces have played a crucial role in Marlon's life.
Marlon brings policy experience from Seattle University Center for Community Engagement, the Office of Senator Cantwell, and the King County Wastewater Treatment Division. Today, he is an intern at Seattle Public Utilities, where he helps the City deliver infrastructure projects. His work centers around public works, environmental justice, and good governance. Marlon's experiences brings unique passion and perspective to the Board of Park Commissioners.
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Evan Hundley has Masters degrees in both Public Administration and Urban Planning. He is Head of School for Explorer West Middle School in West Seattle. Prior to that, Evan taught middle school and high school History and Geography, and coached tennis and basketball. As a native Seattleite, Evan spent much of his youth coaching and teaching tennis at Seattle Park and Recreation facilities. As Head of School, he understands the importance our parks and facilities have on the lives of youth. He works to instill a sense of community engagement into his students and folds it into his curriculum through service learning and volunteerism.
Evan participates on various non-profit boards throughout the city with missions that focus on education and literacy.
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Mr. Lowe has served on the Board of the Associated Recreation Council (ARC), a Seattle Parks and Recreation key partner, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to providing recreation services to all people in the City.
Mr. Lowe is the Chairman of the Board of the Lowe Communications Corporation, a media consulting firm. His media career began in Seattle and took him to CNN when it was just beginning. He has had a long career in radio and television which began in Seattle and took him to CNN when it was a fledgling station. Mr. Lowe created the American Scene Award for excellence in diversity media hiring and continues to have an impact on the broadcast industry on a mission of equity in all areas of communication.
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Kelly McCaffrey has spent 17 Seattle years working in environmental conservation. She holds an M.P.A. from University of Washington. She was a project manager at Washington Water Trust, where she managed instream flow projects for threatened salmon bearing streams using market based approaches. Prior to this she was a conference coordinator for the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability 500 and served as an assistant to the Governor's Sustainable Washington Advisory Panel. She currently serves as a citizen advisor to the Resource Conservation Office for biennial evaluation of habitat conservation proposals, and as Co-Chair on SPU's Water System Advisory Committee.
Kelly lived in Lake City, Wallingford, Beacon Hill, and now spends most of her time in West Seattle with her three young children, frequently reminding them to turn the sink off when finished. She sees parks and parks issues through the lens of a mother who brings her children to play outdoors and participate in recreation activities.
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Barbara Wright is currently a healthy community advocate working on transportation and community livability issues. She is the Chair of Transportation Coalition and has been a board member for over five years and she is also a member of Seattle's Bridging the Gap Oversight Committee.
Most recently she has been a member of the Governor's Connecting Washington Task Force, the Seattle Transit Master Plan Advisory Committee, and the Seattle Citizens' Transportation Advisory Committee. She was previously the Deputy Director of the Environmental Health Division, Public Health - Seattle & King County. She also served as Parks Director for King County, Washington, and Parks Director for the City of Omaha as well as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Omaha. She has been an active member of the Arboretum Foundation for over 11 years and chaired the Arboretum Foundation Board of Directors.In 2010, she chaired the Arboretum Botanical Garden Committee, a management oversight committee for the Washington Park Arboretum. In this position, she provided leadership in working collaboratively with the Washington State Department of Transportation to develop the State Route 520 I-5 to Medina Project Arboretum Mitigation Planwhich was transmitted to Governor Gregoire on December 21, 2010. Currently, she assists with teaching a health impact assessment course at the University of Washington.